EMPOWERING ADOLESCENTS TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY BEHAVIOURS THROUGH PEER LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE TOWNSHIPS OF CAPE TOWN

Leena Eklund Karlsson, Mikael Andersson, Josefine Johansson

Abstract


This paper investigated peer educators’ perceptions of their self-empowerment, learning, and experiences of being a peer educator within the Leadership South Programme (LSP) in Cape Town, South Africa. The data about the peer educators’ perceptions was gathered through open-ended questionnaires and qualitative interviews and analysed through thematic content analysis. The results showed that peer educators’ self-esteem, confidence, and motivation increased, as did their knowledge and skills related to communication, supporting, and motivating peers and clients. Additionally, the results showed that education based on trainee resources and strengths successfully promoted healthy behaviours and fostered health promotion among the adolescents living in the townships of Cape Town.


Keywords


empowerment, adolescents, peer education, training of trainers, health promotion, healthy behaviour, South Africa

Full Text:

PDF




International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies

Published by
© University of Victoria
Victoria, BC Canada

 

This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license.